APC, PDP Differ On Buhari's Address To Nigerians - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

APC, PDP Differ On Buhari's Address To Nigerians

Extra lockdown days, necessary sacrifice
- Ogun APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the additional 14 day’s lockdown directed by President Muhammadu Buhari as  a “necessary sacrifice” for the overall interest of the nation and its citizens."

APC reminded Nigerians that powerful nations of the world have been rendered powerless by the coronavirus pandemic with most of them c
unavoidably, extending their lockdowns, stressing that extension of same in Nigeria by Buhari, on Monday, was the best decision for the country, the Ogun State chapter of APC said.

But the People's Democratic Party(PDP) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described Buhsri’s COVID-19 Pandemic speech as "very disappointing," saying it failed to address salient issues of urgent concerns to Nigerians in their daily struggle against the spread of the plague.

In separate statements, while the Ogun State chapter of APC through the publicity secretary of its Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye,  said “as painful as the extra lockdown days are, it is a necessary sacrifice  to reduce and eventually eradicate the coronavirus pandemic from the nation," Kola Ologbondiyan, the National  Publicity Secretary of PDP, the party expressed sadness that Buhari again failed to show leadership and displayed total lack of touch with reality as he failed to give any hope on palliatives to the ordinary Nigerians as they face hunger and economic pangs of the lockdown.

APC  statement reads : “In the last few days, Britain has witnessed close to one thousand daily deaths, while America witnessed about  two thousand deaths in a single day. There are global complaints of inadequate equipment, medications and bed space, even as frontline workers continue to be dangerously exposed to the ravaging virus, for which a cure is yet to be found. The so-called powerful nations have been rendered powerless by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these countries have also, unavoidably, extended their lockdowns.”

“It is therefore inevitable that the governments at various levels and all state actors must be supported as they take measures to curb the spread and cure the infected, even as painful as such measures may appear.

“While we appreciate  President Muhammadu Buhari for the plan to increase, within two weeks,  the social investment recipients by one million households, from 2.6 million to 3.6 million, we urge that priority  should be given to states that are yet to benefit or whose figures of beneficiaries are abysmally low.

"We must also  commend all those at the frontline and also all State governors in general for their efforts, and in particular, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who has  remained focused despite the shenanigans of few desperate politicians and their uninformed lickspittles, who have chosen to play  politics with human lives at this point in time. Genuine people have shown appreciation and we urge the governor to do more.

"Finally, we urge our citizens, political leaders, members and followers  to continue to lead by example by obeying the government’s directives to the letter, even as we urge the security agents not to rest on their oars, but  to continue to be extra vigilant in order to preemptively nip in the bud, nefarious activities of criminals.“

For the PDP,  Buhari's speech was disappointing and failed to address palliative.

"The  speech, just like pre-recorded broadcast of March 29, 2020, failed to address salient issues of urgent concerns to Nigerians in their daily struggle against the spread of the plague in our country.

"The party expressed sadness that Mr. President again failed to show leadership and displayed total lack of touch with reality as he failed to give any hope on palliatives to the ordinary Nigerians as they face hunger and economic pangs of the lockdown.

"It is more painful that President Buhari could not address the immediate needs of the people or provide a trajectory that will take care of their future. 

"Instead, Mr. President bored our nation with a rehash of global data already known to Nigerians in addition to promises that are far-flung departures from the harsh realities on the ground.

"Nigerians expected Mr. President to directly address the established failures of his palliatives distribution, particularly the provision of funds to the poorest of the poor, which has been marred by allegations of corruption and diversion of funds. This is in addition to allegations of diversion of rice and other food items meant for the poor masses. 

"Can Mr. President claim not to be aware that not a handful of Nigerians have received any palliatives and that huge majority of our citizens are complaining that they have not been reached with any panacea despite his administration’s claim of having reached 2.6 million household? 

"Announcing the expansion of the palliative scope to 3.6 million households without addressing the failure of the scheme and with no parameter to showcase the declared expansion is an encouragement of the corrupt system that has been depriving Nigerians. 

"The PDP challenges Mr. President to disprove Nigerians by publishing documents showing the beneficiaries of the claimed 2.6 million household social intervention, the benefiting communities as well as the parameters that will be deployed for the additional one million household. 

"Our party holds that what have been witnessed in the last two weeks is a total incapacity and fraud by those he has currently charged with the responsibility of taking palliatives to the people.

"Already, there are serious agitations and unrests in Lagos, Ogun and some parts of the FCT where Nigerians, who earn their means of livelihood on daily basis and who have been locked out from their means of subsistence and can no longer withstand the pangs of hunger, are becoming restless. 

"Our party still believes that Mr. President needs to quickly retool his approach and adopt an all-encompassing model that will take care of the hunger and deprivations, which this lockdown has imposed on Nigerians 

"President Buhari should be forthcoming on what palliatives are accruable, in the immediate, to each state of the federation in this national fight against the pandemic.

"This is because, given our peculiar federal system, we still insist that the fastest approach to reach the people is through the state and local governments using methods like traditional institutions, community leadership and faith based organizations.

"The PDP therefore charges President Buhari to reorder his approach to cover the incentives his administration will provide to save the lives and jobs of Nigerians and then address the nation again accordingly.

"PDP invites compatriots to continue to provide help for one another as we continue to stay safe and obey World Health Organizations guidelines," PDP stated.

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